Great Pinot Noir

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Humanitas to participate in Twitter Taste Live.

Of the four wines for Twitter Taste Live, the 2006 Humanitas “Gap’s Crown” Pinot Noir was by far my favorite.  I loved everything about this wine.  It hails from the Sonoma Coast, had a real cork closure, clocks in at 14.6% alcohol by volume, and can be purchased for $40.  We kept this one under the Vacu-Vin and finished it 3 nights after Twitter Taste Live. It was even better the 3rd night, and that’s saying a lot, since it was delicious the first night!!

On the nose I found chocolate syrup, cherry, oak, vanilla, black cherry, Coke, spice, cedar, chocolate, raspberry, and some anise.  On first whiff, I really got the Coke…I don’t drink Coke, but Matt does, so I often pour it for him and know the smell well.  Plus, I used to work in an ice cream shop and people would request Coke floats on occasion.  In the mouth I found red fruit, raspberries, spice, leather, cranberry, pepper, and a really spicy finish!!

Overall, I found the wine to have great structure, nice acidity, and some tannins to spare. I imagine this wouuld be an excellent one to stick away in your cellar for a few years, as it kept developing over the evening and showed even more complex flavors and aromas on night three.

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2 Responses

  1. oh me too! We really enjoyed the pinot noir. A lot. A really lot ;-)
    I agree with the coke flavors – I often pick that up on the bigger pinots as the first note and so tasty!

    I am looking forward to adding some of this to my cellar for future imbibment purposes. I mean for research. Yeah that’s it. Even though it’s a bit pricey, it’s worth it for the great cause Humanitas supports. And heck, it’s just good.

  2. For a PN though, not very pricey imho…$40 is a steal for a well structured ageable PN…

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